National Honor Society (NHS)

NHS is affiliated with the American organization by the same name. It is a honorary service society which encourages scholarship, service, leadership, and character both on and off campus. Membership in NHS is both a distinction and a commitment.

Length of Activity

Our NHS chapter is active throughout the school year, although individual service hours may also be accumulated during the summer months. New members are normally initiated in March of each year.

Selection process

NHS inducts students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who have completed at least one semester at Faith Academy are eligible for membership. To meet the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale (GPAs are checked at the beginning of second semester each year). Those students who qualify are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is required.

Expectations for participants

Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held at lunchtime each month during the school year and participation in the chapter service and fundraising projects. Fifteen hours of individual service hours are also required over the course of the year. (This is five hours above the school requirement.)

Non-negotiables for participants

We prefer that NHS officers not be class officers as well, due to the time commitment required for leadership in both groups.

Challenges, sacrifices, time commitment

Officers should be available for planning meetings and coordinating the activities of the chapter. Regular members should make it a priority to attend a monthly meeting during lunch and to help with fundraising or other events (usually no more than one per semester).

Major events

Monthly members’ meetings, Community Festival fundraiser, blood drive each semester, Christmas Shoebox Drive, additional service projects, and the induction ceremony and reception (typically the first week or two of March)

Financial obligations

Members are asked to donate items (like a dessert) or money for a fundraising event or for the induction ceremony reception.